Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Legend of the "Black Knight"

Head over to GNDN to check out their write up on creating a backstory for the Black Knight.  No, not the mounted heavy cavalry, clanking armor kind.  This Black Knight is an alien spacecraft that has been orbiting the Earth for thousands of years, or so a certain sub-sect of conspiracy theorists would have you believe.
For “fun,” I’ve been poking at the Google Newspaper Archive and Wikipedia, and trying to dig up some more articles / background info. Inspired by Ken Hite’s “The Dracula Dossier,” I briefly thought I might phony up a whole, physical mock dossier, but that would be a lot of work, so I’m just going to post my copy-pasted bullet points.
The idea is that you can use this ‘raw material’ to flesh out some RPG thing you’re writing background for. Periodic alien visitation, ancient alien satellite left in orbit, prehistoric human space-faring evidence, etc. Maybe change the names / dates / locations if you need to. I’ve got most of the Black Knight Satellite ‘events’ on my list, and I’ve added some more arguably ‘relevant’ material.

What follows is a great example of Yog-Sothery, brewing up an entire mythology based on a few hard facts and a whole lot of creative conjecture. It's an incredibly effective narrative technique that I'm surprised isn't used more often. Most of the modern Alternate Reality Games do it using faux websites to build up the game world. It's far more effective when you can take our world and make it part of the game, so to speak, by putting a believable spin on actual events.

The Spawn of Propnomicon

I have a post about a nifty bit of Yog-Sothery in the pipeline.  Unfortunately, a small project I was peripherally involved with is taking up a large amount of my time- my grandson, who arrived early this morning.   And so the accursed bloodline carries on!  Heh.

Update:  Thank you all for the very kind words.  My wonderful daughter in law is doing fine, and my son is ecstatic.  I'm looking forward to changing diapers once again.  More importantly, I'll be able to share more stories of changing my son's diapers back when he was a tiny little monkey boy and not the 6' 8" security manager he is now.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cthulhu in the Wild

This Cthulhu idol in the wild comes to us from Abraham Cruz of InsaneGames Mexico.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Fakest of Fake Vampire Killing Kits Sells. Or Does It?

The long saga of the worlds fakest vampire killing kit entered a new era yesterday. Earlier this month I pointed out that it was once again up for sale. Yesterday it hit the auction block and sold...maybe.

The item listing on Ebay is very strange. According to the bid history a single person bid twelve times and ended up winning with a final bid of $1,100.


What makes that even more unusual is that Sterling Associates had another vampire killing kit up for bid at exactly the same time. This one is pretty nice, in contrast to the sloppy work on the other one. Surprisingly enough, the exact same bidder made exactly the same number of bids and won with exactly the same high bid of $1,100.


The weird bid pattern may be a normal part of auctions taking bids from Ebay and a live venue at the same time. That said, I suspect we'll be seeing both of these kits again.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mask of the Leviathan

The talented Jason Soles is back with this wonderfully creepy Leviathan Cross mask, cast in bronze.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Burial Goods

Mr. Zarono returns to our pages with this Lovecraftian prop tableaux.  One can only imagine what strange ritual the skull, knife, and parchment are part of.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

LARP Healer's Kit

This handy LARP healer's kit comes to us from PropCorn Design Studio.